Chelsea are eyeing a swoop for an exciting young midfielder who could prove to be the long-term orchestrator at the centre of Todd Boehly’s ambitious project at Stamford Bridge.
Despite spending huge sums of money since assuming the ownership role last year – with an outlay of £377m – the Blues’ owner is showing little sign of lifting his foot off the gas and could make a move for Valencia’s prodigious starlet Yunus Musah this month, enhancing the club’s prospects of reviving what has so far been a woeful season.
Indeed, Chelsea have lost seven of their past 11 matches and are desperately yearning for a return to the high-octane, relentless approach very much embedded in a club which has won a wealth of major honours since the turn of the century.
With Caught Offside reporting that the €40m-valued (£35m) Musah has been distinguished as a gleaming option to pursue, the unyielding spending spree could indeed continue before the end of the January transfer market, despite the £88.5m swoop for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Mykhaylo Mudryk being audaciously wrapped up after the preceding £9.7m loan deal for Atletico Madrid‘s Joao Felix.
Musah spent the formative years of his football career in London, rising through the youth ranks at Arsenal and making 18 appearances for their U18’s, scoring five goals and supplying three assists, before deciding that the most auspicious move for his career would be to sign for La Liga outfit Valencia.
This decision has paid off, with 85 senior appearances to his name for Los Ches, scoring five goals and supplying three assists as he makes steady progress towards the elite levels of the game.
With FBref ranking the 23-cap gem among the top 7% of midfielders in Europe’s major leagues for dribbles completed and the top 11% for progressive passes received, the “connector” – as lauded by USA head coach Gregg Berhalter – boasts the acumen and the skills to cement a role in Potter’s squad which would enhance their collective attacking drive.
His possible introduction to life at Stamford Bridge could potentially spell the end at Chelsea for Conor Gallagher, who has recently been linked with a move to Crystal Palace having failed to truly assert himself in the Blues’ line-up.
The 22-year-old enjoyed a fine loan spell with the Eagles last season and announced himself to the Premier League with resounding success, duly earning a chance to cement a place in Chelsea’s team. Having started ten matches across all competitions for the Blues, he has certainly succeeded in earning at least a utility role in SW6.
However, his Sofascore rating of 6.78 in league action hints at a failure to dazzle on several occasions, although he did produce a strong performance in Sunday’s 1-0 victory against Palace, winning four tackles and a mammoth 16 duels.
Musah could be the perfect replacement should the Chelsea grant Gallagher a permanent return to Selhurst Park, with his abundant energy and tenacity earning plaudits in recent months.
Joey Barton waxed lyrical over the American’s performance against England in the 2022 World Cup, saying that the Valencia gem “dusted Bellingham” that night. Having won two tackles and four duels in that game, you can see where the Bristol Rovers manager is coming from.
With Chelsea’s transfer department working overtime of late, there is a clear emphasis on bolstering the squad to the brim with a fresh, authentic sheen.
With Musah only just past his teenage years, there is scope for him to nurture and develop with a move to Stamford Bridge which could breed success for all parties, and Boehly must indeed swoop once again, even if that means offloading Gallagher in the process.